Students Treated After Crop Duster Sprays School Bus

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By Larry Burkum

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) - Officials say some students in northern Iowa have been treated at a hospital after the school bus they were riding was sprayed by a crop duster.

Kirk Nelson, superintendent of the Belmond-Klemme Community School District, says the students were traveling to schools in Hancock County Thursday morning when the incident happened. The ages of the students are unclear.

Nelson says at least seven students were in the bus when the crop duster sprayed what he believes was insecticide. About 25 additional students were then picked up.

The district contacted parents and the students were taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Nelson says none of the students have reported feeling ill.

It's unclear what company owns the crop duster. The Hancock County sheriff's office has not released additional information.

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